If you think that your frame of mind does not affect your child, I would ask that you take a minute to reconsider. According to a recent study by Harvard University and the University of California, San Diego, one’s probability of being happy rises:
· 15.3% if a friend or family member is happy
· 9.8% if friends of your friend or family member are happy
· 5.6% if friends of the friends of your friend or family member are happy
So, these statistics prove that YOUR mood affects not only those around you but also those that your friends and family members touch.
At this time of year, take the time to put on a smile, think pleasant thoughts, and determine that you are going to raise the “happiness meter” for those you care about. Next time you start to lash out in frustration over something extremely petty, it might be worth a second thought. Would you like to raise the happiness meter around you by 15% or lower it?
I often say that I am the voice of the child, and I want to use my voice to speak for the child who cannot. Each child has only one childhood, and we have only one chance to get it right. I agree that it takes a community to provide the best for each child. Let’s resolve to be a community of happy people. There is enough true sadness in the world without us creating sadness over things that truly do not matter.
The stress of this time of year weighs heavily on many families. Spread happiness. It doesn’t cost a penny to smile and “be happy.” Your family and friends will smile with you.
Written by Donna McClintock, COO with Children’s Choice Learning Centers, Inc.